Lake Superior State University

Secondary Teaching: Bachelor of Arts/Science

Program Description


The program is highlighted by in-depth study in a subject major, extended teaching communities of diverse learners and scholarly inquiry.

While working toward completion of a major, students take the first two teacher education courses and then apply for formal admission to the program during their sophomore year.
Details of current teaching certificates, program requirements, policies and procedures are available via the School website: http://lssu.edu/education

Program Completer

The Michigan Department of Education identifies a “program completer” as one who has accomplished both (a) all institutional academic and other requirements such as to establish eligibility for recommendation for certification and (b) taken/passed the minimum number of state certification tests for the field of teaching desired.

Secondary Teaching:

Secondary teachers are certified to teach in their academic major and minor(s) in grades 7 through 12. This program leads to a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree in the student’s major area.

All academic majors and minors used for teacher certification undergo periodic review, evaluation and alignment with state standards. Since program approval and renewal cycles vary, individuals should contact the School of Education and/or the academic department to confirm the availability of each major or minor.

Credits used to obtain one major/minor cannot be used to obtain another major/minor, certain restrictions apply.

All program completers meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act and are considered “Highly Qualified” in the areas indicated on the Michigan teaching certificate.

Certifications available in the following teaching option majors: See requirements in this catalog.

  1. Biology
  2. Chemistry
  3. Computer Science
  4. English Language & Literature
  5. Integrated Science*
  6. French Studies
  7. Geology: Earth/Space Science
  8. History
  9. Mathematics
  10. Physical Science*
  11. Political Science
  12. Social Studies
  13. Sociology
  14. Spanish Studies

Students can also complete any of the following teaching option minors and be certified to teach in these areas. See requirements in this catalog.

  1. Biology
  2. Chemistry
  3. Communications (Speech)
  4. Computer Science
  5. Economics
  6. French Studies
  7. Geology: Earth/Space Science
  8. History
  9. Literature
  10. Mathematics
  11. Political Science
  12. Psychology
  13. Sociology
  14. Spanish Studies


Degree Requirements


General Programs for Secondary Teachers

1. One academic major from the above list (see individual school requirements)

2. One academic minor from above list (see individual school requirements)

3. Professional Education Requirements 33

  • EDUC150 Reflections on Learning and Teaching 3
  • EDUC250 Student Diversity & Schools 3
  • EDUC301 Learning Theory and Teaching Practice 4
  • EDUC430 Gerneral Methods for Secondary Teachers 3
  • EDUC431 The Secondary Learner 3
  • EDUC440 Reading in the Content Area 3
  • EDUC Methods Class (minimum credits) 3
  • EDUC480 Internship in Teaching: Seminar 1
  • EDUC492 Internship/Advanced Methods: (Subject) 8
  • EDUC602 Reflection and Inquiry in Teaching Practice I 3
    or
  • EDUC605 Integrated Approached in Curricular Design and Implementation 3

Education Cognates (4 credits)

  • MATH207 Principles of Statistical Methods 3
  • one credit from course in ARTS, DANC, MUSC, THEA, or NATV240 1

4. General education requirements not met through major and minor

5. Prior to the internship, students must receive a passing score on the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification in their subject areas. Test results must be filed with the School of Education before the internship begins.

*A teachable minor is generally not required.

All individuals placed into the student teaching internship MUST meet ALL of the following criteria prior to placement in a K-12 classroom:

  1. Completion of all required EDUC courses with a grade of B- (2.70) or higher.
  2. Completion of all required courses in the education cognates, teaching major and/or teaching minor(s) with a GPA of 2.70 or higher and no grade below a C (2.0).
  3. Completion of elementary planned program requirements with GPA of 2.70 or higher and no grade below a C (2.0) - elementary candidates only.
  4. A candidate rating of 1, 2 or 3 on LSSU Form F365 the Pre-Internship Exit Interview.

Bachelor of Arts Degree Notes (if applicable): One year (8 credits) of a modern language other than English. If taken at LSSU, this would be: CHIN151-152, FREN151-152 or 251-252, GRMN141-142 or 241-242, NATV141-142 or 201-202, or SPAN161-162.

One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

Bachelor of Science Degree Notes (if applicable): At least eight (8) semester credits in addition to courses used for general education requirements from categories of social science, natural science, computer science or mathematics.

These bachelor of science degree requirements can be used for majors or minors, but not general education.